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Bath Cancer Unit Support Group’s Positron Scanner Additional Equipment Appeal

Help transform the treatment of cancer at Bath’s Royal United Hospital

On Monday 13 June 2016 celebrity cookery writer and television presenter Mary Berry unveiled at Bath’s Royal United Hospital a Positron Scanner, the first fixed site Positron (PET-CT) scanner to be located in a NHS hospital in the South West of England.

The Trustees of this charity have agreed to raise a further £87,000, in addition to the £1.2m which has already been handed over to the RUH to meet the cost of the PET-CT scanner, in order to fund the acquisition of much needed additional equipment, the major item of which will be a semi-automated dispensing unit.

The acquisition of the PET-CT scanner is viewed as one of the most significant developments in the treatment of cancer at the RUH.

The location of a fixed site PET-CT scanner at The RUH will greatly enhance the treatment of certain cancers and will prevent patients from having to undertake the journey to The Cobalt Scanner Centre in Cheltenham, a charity which provides such scans, particularly at a time when lengthy journeys are the last thing that patients who are very unwell wish to contemplate.

Doctor Richard Graham, a consultant radiologist at The RUH describes Positron as a revolutionary type of scan which can have a significant effect on patients’ treatments.

Statistics show that following Positron scans a third of treatments are modified.

There is no doubt that this scanner will be heavily used for The RUH will, for the first time in the UK, be utilising a Positron scanner for four major activities, the diagnosis and monitoring of cancers, the simulation of radiotherapy treatment, the testing of new cancer drugs and the early diagnosis of Alzheimer disease.

This appeal has provided a wonderful opportunity to ensure that those who live within the catchment area of the RUH and who require treatment for cancer are given access to the latest equipment which will dramatically improve outcomes.

Since this charity was founded in 1985 in excess of £3.27 million (excluding the Positron Scanner Appeal) has been raised and spent on providing a range of facilities for cancer patients attending The RUH. A list of some of the projects which over the past thirty one years the charity has funded can be found on the appeal leaflet.

The charity continues to be run only by volunteers consequently a very high proportion of the funds which are raised are spent on improving facilities.

As an official race charity secured places are available for the Bath Half 2017 in support of this charity’s PET-CT scanner additional equipment appeal.

If you would like to run for the PET-CT scanner additional equipment appeal please complete either an application form or if you already have obtained a place, a notification form. To down load a copy of either form please visit

BCUSG runners will on the day be provided with a special running “T” shirt and those who raise £1,000 or more will be invited to attend an event at the RUH at which a certificate to record their achievement will be presented by The Mayor of Bath.

To download a copy of the Positron Scanner appeal leaflet please visit